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2006.09.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

New Book Clubs to Focus on Fitness for Women

Omaha - Five new book clubs for women starting up the week of Sept. 11 will offer more to participants than a chance to read good books and meet people.  The clubs may impact the health and wellness of the readers.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor organizing the clubs knows from past experience that there is a large audience of women looking for information and camaraderie.

"What we are setting up are book clubs that offer enjoyment, social support and education," said Jennifer White, a faculty member in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  Her research and teaching efforts focus on fitness and wellness.  "A lot of what is going to be focused on is providing good fitness options and relapse prevention."

The book clubs, "Women Bound to be Active," will run for about nine months.  The meeting days, times and locations of the clubs are listed below:

·        Sept. 11 -- UNO, 6001 Dodge St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (will meet on Mondays);

·        Sept. 12 -- Urban League Family Resource Center, 3040 Lake St., 6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays) ; 

·        Sept. 12 -- W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., 6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays) Tuesdays;

·        Sept. 12 -- Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St., 6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Tuesdays); and

·        Sept. 14 -- Shape Express, 2449 S. 132nd St., 6 to 7 p.m. (will meet on Thursdays)

Meetings will be weekly at first and then taper off to a less frequent schedule. 

"We've had a great deal of success with previous book clubs in Omaha and in the surrounding counties," White said.  "It's been an exciting project, and one that continues to grow and expand."

Up to 20 women can enroll in each book club, for a total of 100 women.  The cost is $75 and covers books, pedometers and cholesterol screenings before and after the program.  Thanks to grants funding, the book club meeting at the Urban League Family Resource Center will be free for participants.  Please call the number below for details.

"The women who are interested need to be in generally good health and may have started and stopped a previous exercise program," White said. The age range in existing clubs runs from 19 to 70.

"I wish we could take everyone who wanted to join," White said.  "We're looking to match up women who most need this kind of support."

For more information, call (402) 554-2670 or e-mail rscronce@mail.unomaha.edu.

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         A partial reading list for the "Women Bound to be Active" book clubs includes:

·        "Fitting in Fitness: Hundreds of Simple Ways to Put More Physical Activity Into Your Life" by the American Heart Association

·        "Stop Telling Me What, Start Telling Me How! The Simple Answer to Better Health" by Joshua Klapow and Sheri Pruitt

·        "Why and How People Change Health Behaviors" by Joseph Leutzinger and John Harris III

·        "Of Heroes, Hopes and Level Playing Fields" by Judy Mahle Lutter

·        "French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure" by Mireille Guiliano

·        "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman" by Nora Ephron

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